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LAKE FLY GUIDE
 
MAY
High-point of the year for many anglers. Main flies hatching are the mayfly, the chironomid and olives, as in April; the claret dun, pale wateries and caenis. Best times for angling are the forenoon, afternoon and evening - all day really!
Natural fly Matching artificial Usual angling method Best time to fish Where best to fish Useful comments
Mayfly Mosely may Dry and Wet Daytime Shallows End of May
Spent Gnat Spent Gnat Surface Evening Near shores May-June
Chironomids Black & Blue
Black Pennell
Wet
Wet
Forenoon and mid-afternoon Shallows best Pupa very good
Lake Olive
(cloeonsimile)
As in April plus Golden Olive As in April All day, evening fall of spinners Shallows and near shores Dry fly in calms
Pale Watery
(centroptilum luteolum)
Pale watery,
Little sky-blue dun
Dry &
spent
Evening
Evening
Shorelines, calm bays Spent patterns often effective
Claret Dun
(leptophebia vespertina)
Claret & Mallard,
Claret Nymph
All Wet All day
All day
Peaty areas
Peaty areas
Best in boggy lakes
Sedges
Great Red Sedge
Murrough Dry and spent Dawn &
dusk
Near shores, islands etc.  End of May. Hatch in deeps, swim to shore
Green Peter Green Peter,
Green Nymph
AllWet Evening
Evening
Near shores, islands etc. As above
Black (Dark) Caperer Welshman's Button All Daytime Near shores, islands etc. One of few day-flying lake sedges.
Silverhorns
(mystacides)
Silver sedge,
Invicta,
Wickham's
Fancy

Wet
Wet
Wet

Afternoon and evening Wherever hatch is Females fly out to lay in open water.
Caenis Pale Watery Dry Dawn and Dusk Hatch or fall of spinners
Waterboatman Corixa Wet All day  Near reeds, weedbeds etc Fish mid-surface
Snail Black and Peacock Wet All day Near reed etc. Fish slowly just under surface.



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